So how’s gravity been treating you lately? Unless you live on another planet, it’s probably being pretty gentle. Your feet are still planted firmly on the floor and the floor is still firmly attached to the ground. Take comfort in that fact while you can, because everything changes the second you step into The Bridge.
The Bridge is a 2D puzzle platformer that initially seems easy enough: move from point A to the door at point B. Don’t be fooled by the simple premise though, this isn’t your ordinary platformer. The levels feature architecture that seems straight out of an M.C. Escher painting, and you’ll have to manipulate gravity, physics, and perspective to solve each puzzle. Similar gravity-bending mechanics have been seen before in other indie titles like And Yet It Moves, but the developers of The Bridge manage to bring something different to the table.
As the game progresses, more challenges are added. The structures you’ll have to navigate
That’s not all though. You’ll also encounter gravity-bending vortexes which suck in anything nearby, and gravity-defying veils which allow you to remain in place while rotating the world around you. All of these elements and more combine over the game’s 24 levels to provide a challenge that is difficult, but very satisfying. The frustration of struggling to solve a puzzle can be alleviated, if you wish, by reading a series of hints available in the menu.
Visually, the game looks like a series of M.C. Escher sketches. The world is in greyscale and you
The game’s puzzles are divided into chapters, which are separated by short cutscenes which hint at a storyline but leave some of the details to your interpretation. After completing the initial 24 levels, you will unlock a more challenging “mirror” mode that allows you to play the entire game again with an added level of difficulty and an alternate ending.
Overall, The Bridge manages to avoid crossing that fine line between challenging and frustrating, making you work to solve each puzzle without wanting to break your keyboard in the process. It’s an enjoyable experience that encourages you to think differently, and then rewards you for doing so.